Journal article

Elder Abuse Identification by an Australian Health Service: A Five-Year, Social-Work Audit

Melinda Collins, Sonia Posenelli, Helen Cleak, Meghan O'Brien, Lisa Braddy, Euan Donley, Lynette Joubert

Australian Social Work | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2020


For hospitals and other health-care services, identifying older people experiencing abuse remains a challenge. Social workers at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne (SVHM) used a clinical data mining approach to retrospectively audit electronic medical records containing 466 episodes of care over a five-year period where elder abuse was identified based on a system of alerts. The findings highlight key characteristics of the vulnerable older persons, the perpetrators, their social contexts, and interventions undertaken, clarifying a range of vulnerability and risk factors in the sample. Half were aged 80 years and over; two thirds lived with the person of concern; two thirds were from culturally..

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